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Changing faces to see the world differently
作者:21ST    来源:高中版第29期    日期: 2010-04-14
外研版高二年级:Ethnic Culture

关键词:Ethnic identity, costumes, environment

话题归类:社会 Society


HAVE you ever wondered what you'd look like if you were an Asian, Middle Eastern, black, white or Indian person?

By stepping into the Human Race Machine, you can find out.

When you sit inside it, the machine creates a digital image (数字影像) of your face.

After pushing certain buttons, the machine uses various photos of people of a certain ethnic group (种族) mixed with your own facial features (面部特征). From this, it can come up with an image showing how you would look as a member of a different race.

The machine is part of a travelling retrospective (回顾展) called "Seeing and Believing: The Art of Nancy Burson". Burson is a famous American photographer (摄影师) and inventor.

The show of 100 photos and multimedia (多媒体) works was on view at the Grey Art Gallery in New York on April 20.

"It's a strange feeling, just like stepping into someone else's skin," said Kathy Zajchenko, a museum visitor from Pennsylvania, US.

As soon as she sat down, she tried out a range of ethnic groups. "The Middle Eastern image worked pretty well for me," she said with a smile.

According to Burson, the machine is a prayer for unity. It is about seeing through differences to find the things we all share in common.

Burson added the database (资料库) of Middle Eastern faces, both Arab and Jewish (犹太人) , after the terrorist attacks (恐怖袭击) on September 11.

"I've always wanted to allow people to see differently. I'm a photographer. I'm recording the unseen, because what we can't see is so much more interesting than what we can see," Burson said.

For those who missed the show, the Human Race Machine will be on view at the New York Hall of Science in the Queens district full-time as of June.

True or false:
1. The Human Race Machine can tell you what you would look like if you were a member of another ethnic group.
2. When Kathy Zajchenko said that the Middle Eastern image worked well for her, she meant that she would like to change her race.
3. Burson added the database of Middle Eastern faces after the September 11 attack because she wanted to show people what terrorists look like.
Comprehension questions:
1. The phrase "come up with" means:
a). get nearer b).produce c). come out
2.The phrase "on view" means:
a). on watch b). on sale c). on show
3.The sentence "the machine is a prayer for unity" means:
a). The Human Race Machine can unite the facial features of a different ethnic group with your own.
b). The machine shows that no matter what race people are, there are some things we all have in common.
c). One can pray before the machine.

Answers True or False:
1) T 2) F 3) F
Answers to the questions:
1) b 2) c 3) b

关键词:外研版 高二 Ethnic Culture 社会 Society



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